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Waitangi Day snub - Prime Minister in but National's Luxon out of 'superficial' pōwhiri pre-recorded for TV special

The Prime Minister is at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds taking part in a pre-recorded pōwhiri intended to be used as a partial replacement for the usual Waitangi Day commemorations.Jacinda Ardern will not be joined by National...


Hamilton father, daughter relationship in tatters after crash claims unborn baby's life

The relationship between a Hamilton father and daughter is in tatters after a crash claimed her unborn baby's life.Wheelchair-bound Michael Eichler, 58, hasn't driven since the December 2020 crash and a court heard he's unsure when...


Act's David Seymour wants Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki out of Mt Eden prison

Epsom's MP wants Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki booted from Mount Eden prison and away from his electorate.Tamaki has been remanded at Mount Eden prison since Monday, on charges of breaching lockdown rules.Act Party leader...


Taranaki man jailed after family anti-violence camp threats, violent robbery

A Taranaki man was at a family anti-violence retreat when he threatened to shoot one of the facilitators and injured another with a knife during a struggle. Hendrix Rawiri, 30, had become agitated while at the programme and walked...


Former Taranaki winemaker with liver damage avoids drink-driving conviction

A winemaking job that involved tasting the product has resulted in serious liver damage and an appearance in court for one man. Richard Laird failed a breath test at a routine stop, blowing 827micrograms of alcohol per litre of...


Covid 19 Omicron: Why variant spreads so fast - and why it's hard to model

How do you project something as large and variable as an Omicron outbreak? Jamie Morton talks to two leading Covid-19 modellers. Another variant, another looming outbreak, another set of big, ugly numbers. New modelling released...


Napier man sent ex-partner hundreds of abusive, sexually explicit text messages

A man sent hundreds of abusive and sexually explicit text messages to his ex-partner over a two-week period, even after she repeatedly told him to leave her alone, a court has been told.Mathew Stephen Cox, 42, also sent pornographic...


Covid 19 Omicron: How to prepare for an outbreak and home isolation

With an Omicron outbreak appearing imminent, New Zealand is poised to move to the red traffic light setting within 24 to 48 hours of transmission in the community. Here are some ways to have your household and support networks ready...


Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Auckland lockdown cost $8 billion

Auckland's Delta lockdown cost the economy $8 billion last year, according to Treasury's best estimates. The true cost of the lockdowns will only be known when Stats NZ publishes economic data for the three months to December 2022...


Tonga tsunami: Hawke's Bay collective to send building supplies to destroyed Atatā island

A collective of Hawke's Bay building supply companies are coming together to help Tongans whose homes have been destroyed build temporary shelter.Following the volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga, the companies are fast putting...


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Ukraine crisis: Russian forces gather near border; President rebukes Joe Biden over 'gaffe' that gives Putin 'green light to invade'

New satellite images show that Russia has continued to build up its forces in annexed Crimea and near Ukraine in recent weeks.The images by private company Maxar Technologies of a base in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine...


NSW mum's haunting post before baby boy's death

In the two weeks before police discovered the deceased body of three-month-old Kevin John Patten inside a freezer, his mother, Kylie Patten shared a gushing Facebook dedicated to her son.Patten shared a series of photos of her son...


Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Baby dies from Covid in regional NSW, Coroner to investigate

An 8-week-old baby has died with coronavirus in regional NSW in what is believed to be Australia's youngest Covid-related fatality.The infant died in a local hospital in the Hunter Region in December, with the death confirmed by...


Covid 19 Australia: NSW reports 25,168 new Covid cases, record 46 deaths

NSW has reported 25,168 new Covid-19 cases and a record 46 deaths of people with the virus on Friday.There are 2743 people in the state's hospitals with coronavirus, with 209 of those in intensive care, down from 2781 and 212 respectively...


Covid 19 coronavirus: Austria approves vaccine mandate

Austrian Parliament has approved national Covid-19 vaccine mandate for adults, effective from February 1 - the first of its kind in Europe.Lawmakers voted 137 to 33 to approve the mandate, which will apply to all residents of Austria...


Ghislaine Maxwell requests new trial after juror interviews

Ghislaine Maxwell has formally requested a new trial, less than a month after her conviction on sex trafficking charges.In a Wednesday letter to US District Judge Alison J. Nathan, Maxwell lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said the motion...


Tonga volcano eruption: Port being safety checked for arrival of humanitarian supplies

From RNZ Specialist New Zealand Defence Force staff will be checking Tonga's shipping lanes are passable and the wharf is safe so desperately needed humanitarian supplies can get through.Three deaths have been confirmed after...


Covid 19: Ten cases recorded in Samoa

From RNZ Ten new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Samoa among passengers who arrived in the country from Australia on Wednesday.Samoa's director-general of health Dr Take Naseri confirmed the cases, which include an...


Covid 19 Australia: Western Australia pushes back reopening date to ward off Omicron

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan has announced the state will push back its planned reopening date of February 5.A revised date has not been set, with McGowan saying it will be considered over the next month. He said the Omicron...


Covid 19: Europe considers new virus strategy - accepting the virus

When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise. Children were banned from playgrounds, and the economy virtually...


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Golf: Lydia Ko makes solid start to new season; Danny Lee in contention

Lydia Ko has made a solid start to her 2022 season, staying within touching distance of the leaders after round one of the Tournament of Champions in Orlando.Ko shot a one-under 71 at the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club to sit in...


Football: All Whites name squad to face Jordan and Uzbekistan

The All Whites have named their squad for the upcoming fixtures against Jordan and Uzbekistan.The 23-man squad sees the return of players from the A-League Men with Wellington Phoenix's Clayton Lewis and Tim Payne now available...


Australian Open tennis: Daniil Medvedev slams 'low IQ' Melbourne crowd after beating Nick Kyrgios

Australian Open favourite Daniil Medvedev has blasted the "low IQ" spectators at Melbourne Park after his second round victory over Nick Kyrgios on Rod Laver Arena.Medvedev toppled the Australian 7-6 6-4 4-6 6-2 on Thursday evening...


Australian Open tennis: British teen Emma Raducanu reveals painful Open experience

British teenage tennis star Emma Raducanu has revealed the upsetting pain she pushed through to play at the Australian Open, revealing some of her team didn't even want her to play.The 19-year-old reigning US Open champion looked...


Australian Open 2022: Big names tumble as Australian Open rolls on

Day four of the Australian Open is here, with a blockbuster clash between Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios headlining the bill. Early end to Kiwi v Kiwi clash New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and doubles partner Frederik Nielsen...


Beijing Winter Olympics: Biathlete Campbell Wright named to New Zealand team

Campbell Wright is set to become just the second ever biathlete to represent New Zealand at the Winter Olympic Games, following his selection to the New Zealand team for Beijing 2022.The 19-year-old Lake Hawea athlete will contest...


Kiwi daredevils' high-speed dash down Turoa access road

A pair of Kiwi daredevils have recorded themselves travelling at speeds of nearly 100km/h down Mt Ruapehu.Zain Solanki and Reid Douglas used longboards to make the descent down Ohakune Mountain Rd, the access road to Turoa skifield.Crouching...


Australian Open 2022: Novak Djokovic in talks to sue Australian government for A$6 million over 'ill treatment'

Novak Djokovic is in talks with lawyers about suing the Australian government for A$6 million over "ill treatment" during his last stay in Melbourne.The Serbian tennis star, 34, claimed he had a visa exemption but was deported before...


Australian Open 2022: Chief Justice reveals exact reasons Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia

Federal Court Chief Justice James Allsop has revealed why judges upheld Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to cancel Novak Djokovic's visa.The three judges of the Federal Court's full bench unanimously ordered the world...


'The most beautiful place on the planet': The Winter Olympian crazy about........ Hamilton

New Zealand's Winter Olympians are often associated with Wanaka and Queenstown but two athletes are bucking the trend, hailing from snow-free Hamilton.There have been just two reported snow flurries in Hamilton over the past 50...


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ANZ expects house prices to fall by 7 per cent this year

House prices will fall more than expected this year, but affordability issues will not ease any time soon, ANZ economists say.


ACC claims for home workout injuries more than triple to over $1m post-Covid

Kiwis have embraced exercising at home since Covid-19 hit, but those home workouts bring increased risk.


New Zealand Red Cross on alert after global database hacked

The database used to reconnect families split by war was hacked this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.


WorkSafe investigating Wellington's Prefab cafe over Covid compliance

Customers are dining at Prefab, but serving staff are not wearing masks or checking vaccine passes.


Māori leaders say Government is not prepared for Omicron

Tamariki vaccination rates are not high enough and whānau haven’t the time or resources to “stock up” for an Omicron outbreak, the Iwi Chairs Forum says.


'I’m going to get him': Driver escapes jail after breaking man’s back in hit-and-run

After Tamati Ruru woke up to find his car’s window smashed, he drove to the victim’s home to confront him. He ended up breaking the man’s back.


Covid-19: Speaker Trevor Mallard urges people to 'stock up' ahead of Omicron outbreak

The speaker's comments have been applauded by some, but others say it encourages panic buying.


Tonga eruption: First photos from New Zealand Navy's arrival in disaster zone

HMNZS Wellington crew are doing water quality and infrastructure checks while awaiting the arrival of a second ship, carrying 25,000 litres of water.


Fiji deaths: Christchurch man sentenced to life in prison for murdering family of five

Mohammed Raheesh Isoof will serve at least 20 years for fatally poisoning a family of five found dead on a clifftop.


Family still waiting for urgent MIQ exemption to save daughter's arm

A Kiwi father in Papua New Guinea is still waiting desperately for an MIQ exemption, so his 9-year-old daughter can get urgent surgery on her shattered arm.


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New Zealand Red Cross on alert after global database hacked

The database used to reconnect families split by war was hacked this week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.


Samoa prepares to fly former prime minister to New Zealand for medical care

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was too ill to attend parliament this week, and preparations are under way for him to receive urgent care in Aotearoa.


Tongans relieved as communications to relatives affected by eruption, tsunami are restored

Tongas are starting to make contact with their families again after a volcanic eruption and tsunami rocked the islands last weekend.


Wellington-based author Sally J. Morgan wins Portico Prize

A chance encounter with serial killer Fred West inspired Sally J. Morgan's debut novel. Now, the Wellington-based author has won a UK writing award for her book Toto Among the Murderers.


Tonga tsunami: More preparation needed for disabled people in a natural disaster

“My heart goes out to our blind people and low vision people in Tonga ... I hope people are looking after them.”


New Zealand donates extra $2m to Tonga in wake of volcanic eruption

New Zealand is giving an additional $2 million in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from a volcanic eruption and tsunami last weekend.


Fiji deaths: Christchurch man sentenced to life in prison for murdering family of five

Mohammed Raheesh Isoof will serve at least 20 years for fatally poisoning a family of five found dead on a clifftop.


Tonga tsunami: Massive community turnout for Mt Smart container donations

Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium is open for donations of water and non-perishable food for the people of Tonga.


Tonga eruption: First photos from New Zealand Navy's arrival in disaster zone

HMNZS Wellington crew are doing water quality and infrastructure checks while awaiting the arrival of a second ship, carrying 25,000 litres of water.


Tongan Prime Minister's message to the New Zealand Tongan community

Jacinda Ardern conveyed Siaosi Sovaleni's thoughts in a social media post, saying he hopes families affected by the eruption can reconnect soon.


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Adelaide United punish Wellington Phoenix for defensive lapse in A-League Women

The Phoenix have fallen to a narrow defeat after failing to deal with a dangerous ball that allowed Adelaide United to snatch a 68th minute winner.


Live: A-League Men - Wellington Phoenix v Western United in Wollongong

Phoenix men play their first match since January 5 after Covid-19 swept through the squad in Australia.


Super Smash: Tim Seifert stars as Northern Brave secure home T20 final

Black Caps' T20 opener blasts his way back into form as the Brave earn a home T20 final, beating Canterbury in top of the table clash.


NZ Rugby faces more Covid-19 uncertainty over Ireland MIQ spots, Super Rugby Pacific

Group MIQ spaces for July test series are yet to be allocated by the government, as NZR presses ahead with plans for the new Super Rugby competition.


Wellington Phoenix almost missed out on signing young star Alyssa Whinham

Phoenix coach Gemma Lewis tried to find another A-League Women club for Alyssa Whinham to play for when she thought there was no room left in her squad.


Super Smash: Amy Satterthwaite century keeps Canterbury's T20 finals hopes alive

White Ferns' standout hits her first T20 century in Canterbury Magicians' crucial Super Smash win over Northern.


Live: A-League Women - Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United in Adelaide

After an agonising defeat to the Roar, the Phoenix women chase their first victory in Adelaide.


New Super Rugby Aupiki competition to feature a Super Round

The four teams in the new women's competition will all have one home game before a final at the end of March.


Southland rugby clubs suggest vaccine certificate mandate will test playing stocks

Many rural Southland rugby clubs already faced challenges fielding senior teams each season, now there are concerns that unvaccinated players stepping away could stretch some to breaking point.


All Whites coach Danny Hay pleasantly surprised to have Chris Wood fully available

Danny Hay has never questioned the All Whites forward's commitment, but did wonder if his recent move might impact their coming matches.



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